Mikel Obi passed Kanu Nwankwo in the number of international caps with the Super Eagles, climbing to third in the list after playing one game more than the latter.
On Saturday, Mikel made his 87th cap for Nigeria in the friendly against Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
.@mikel_john_obi has now earned the 3rd most caps for Nigeria’s national team.@Ahmedmusa718 also on top 10 list.#LEGENDS pic.twitter.com/9kcq0cuUwX
— Soar Super Eagles (@SSE_NGA) June 8, 2019
He returned as captain of the team after a leave of absence since Nigeria’s world cup campaign in Russia. Mikel missed 7 matches since then including all the 2019 AFCON qualifiers and a high profile friendly against Egypt.
Had he made himself available for selection, the 32 year-old midfielder would have seen his caps reach 94; just 7 short of the all-time record jointly held by Vincent Enyeama and Joseph Yobo.
Along side Mikel, Ahmed Musa (81) and Elderson Echiejile (62) are the only active players in the top 10 most capped Nigerian players.